“His in-depth research of people, places and events and easy-read approach can make anyone a New York Guard expert in short order.”
". . . .it is an outstanding book in which Stephen Harris sings, in a distinctive voice, of arms and the man. . . .The research in the entire book is impressive. . . . The social and personal information, intertwined with the meticulous accounting of trench warfare, surprisingly compliment each other. Together, they emphasize what it feels like to risk death twenty-four hours a day."
"Duffy’s War, the third and final volume in Stephen L. Harris’ trilogy on New York National Guard regiments in WWI, is a richly detailed and well-told narrative and one of the best books on that war in recent memory."
“. . . .the detailed accounting reflects the value of the personal accounts that Harris has so well examined and integrated into a stimulating and coherent narrative. . . .how urgently you read this book depends on who you are, but no matter what the answer to that question may be, it will be worth your time”
"Harris has produced a very readable, detailed, and moving account of the citizen-soldiers of the city, this time focusing on New York's most famous regiment, the 'Fighting 69th'. . . .Stephen Harris' trilogy on the National Guard regiments of New York City in World War I has been a resounding success and an important addition to the history of the AEF. One might well say he saved the best regiment for last."
"The ‘Fighting 69th’ New York National Guard--known in the U.S. Army as the 165th Infantry--was the most famed regiment in the AEF. In this very readable book, Stephen Harris captures the spirit as well as the achievements of this legendary unit and its indomitable officers and men."
"In Duffy's War, Stephen L. Harris has crafted a keenly researched and thoroughly engrossing history of the 'Fighting 69th.' Harris renders vivid portraits of Father Francis Duffy, 'Wild Bill' Donovan, and the other New York Irish who plunged into the horror of World War I's Western Front. This is an important book for any reader with an interest in well-written Irish-American, as well as American, history."fdsafda